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2-13-2019 evolution

Pew survey exposes Americans’ complicated views on evolution and religion

David Masci, Cary Funk, Greg Smith | 
Most biologists and other scientists contend that evolutionary theory convincingly explains the origins and development of life on Earth. So ...
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‘Unsettling’ news: Alzheimer’s could be transmissible

Jennifer Frazer | 
[A] new paper appeared in Nature that seemed to take the evidence for the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s peptides from “circumstantial” to ...
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Viewpoint: We need to get better at diagnosing Alzheimer’s if we hope to improve treatments

Howard Fillit | 
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and unlike with cancer and heart disease, we ...
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Sending tiny organs into space in search for aging, disease secrets

Christopher Austin | 
In research that sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, astronauts are conducting experiments on miniature human organs—such ...
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Boosting the body’s innate cancer immunity

Mark Lowdell | 
The focus on immunotherapy puts us at risk for forgetting that the principal role of the immune system is tumor ...
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Why the quest to create ‘super babies’ is a ‘fool’s errand’

Jim Kozubek | 
Gene-edited babies should probably always be prohibited, not because of fears of creating inequalities and advantaged “super babies,” but because ...

‘Russian blues’: How language shapes the way our brains perceive the world

Catherine Caldwell-Harris | 
Does the language you speak influence how you think? This is the question behind the famous linguistic relativity hypothesis, that the grammar ...
1-27-2019 drugs and addiction

Have addictive personalities aided human evolution?

Judy Grisel | 
We’re so inundated with bleak facts about addiction that it may be hard to perceive any silver lining. It’s nearly ...
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Understanding the ‘little brain’ could be key to treating autism, addiction

Diana Kwon | 
For about two centuries the scientific community believed the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”), which contains approximately half of the ...
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Marijuana and mental health: It’s not ‘strictly helpful or harmful’

Jonathan Stea | 
The exciting news about the complexity of cannabis is that it holds much promise as a potential medicine for many ...
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Video: Scientists ‘resurrect’ the scent of extinct flower by piecing together its DNA

Deboki Chakravarti | 
Using the tools of paleogenomics, scientists at Gingko Bioworks, a Boston-based synthetic biology company, have resurrected the smell of an extinct ...
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Alzhiemer’s could be triggered by ‘genomic mosaicism’

Jerold Chun | 
Certain inherited genetic mutations lead to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but they are relatively rare. A recent study from my laboratory, however, shows ...
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Viewpoint: Human germline editing offers ‘bright future’ if done carefully

E. Paul Zehr | 
We are at the point where our technology will soon surpass our humanity. It used to be that what we ...
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Do you find psychopaths attractive? You may be one yourself

Scott Kaufman | 
In 2005, Scott Peterson was convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and her unborn child. During the first ...
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Audio: New FDA pesticide residue study confirms America’s food supply is safe

Monica Reinagel, Carl Winter | 
The FDA recently released its annual Pesticide Residue Report. As pesticides are one of the things people worry most about, I ...
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‘Race’ may affect the way Alzheimer’s attacks the brain

Karen Weintraub | 
Research on Alzheimer’s has mainly focused on Caucasians. New findings, however, suggest the disease process that leads to dementia may ...
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DNA as ‘fortune teller’? There are limits as to what genes can predict

Kevin Mitchell | 
Is our future written in our genes? … King’s College London geneticist Robert Plomin, in his new book, Blueprint, presents DNA ...
1-15-2019 science of creative mind

Unravelling the mysteries of the creative brain

Scott Kaufman, Anna Abraham | 
Anna Abraham wrote a wonderful resource that covers some of the most hot button topics in the field [of the neuroscience of creativity] ...

New therapy could aid battle against drug-resistant bacteria

Zahidul Alam | 
[T]he first penicillin-resistant pathogen was detected in 1940. Since then, many other antibacterial drugs (both natural and semisynthetic) have been ...
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Nazi parents were taught to ignore children’s emotional needs—Germany’s youth may still be paying the price

Anne Kratzer | 
Renate Flens, a German woman in her 60s who suffers from depression, tells her psychotherapist that she wants to love ...
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Why did dinosaurs thrive for so long, while other ancient species faced extinction?

Brian Switek | 
Everybody knows about the K/Pg Mass Extinction. As soon as we learn about dinosaurs, and demand to know why we ...
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Are you an early bird or a night owl? Simple blood test could answer the question

Simon Makin | 
Are you an early-rising lark or a night owl? These terms have gained scientific credibility, with researchers determining such differences ...
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Is conscious thought just an illusion?

Steve Ayan, Peter Carruthers | 
Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. … [Carruthers:] Thoughts such as decisions and judgments ...
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Can this ancient plant-based hallucinogen lead to new diabetes treatment?

Emily Willingham | 
For centuries, some indigenous groups in South America have relied on a brew made from the parts of a local ...

Does a higher IQ lead to a better, happier life?

Scott Kaufman | 
[In] a new study conducted by Ana Dimitrijevic and colleagues, [the researchers] attempted to assess the relationship between multiple indicators of ...

‘Tribe before truth’: Why scientific knowledge without curiosity can be polarizing

Dan Kahan | 
What intellectual capacities—or if one prefers, cognitive virtues—should the citizens of a modern democratic society possess? For decades, one dominant ...

Gut-brain axis: How a high-salt diet could affect the brain

Jonathan Grinstein | 
It is well known that a high salt diet leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for an array of health ...
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Reversing OCD with intensive 4-day ‘head-on’ therapy

Diana Kwon | 
[A]round nine years after [Katherine] Mydland-aas’s cleaning rituals began, a psychologist diagnosed her with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and referred her ...